Introducing Addie


When I lost my 14-year-old hound, Rusty, a few weeks ago, I thought I would have to wait awhile before I could even consider another dog.  But my daughter and I were lonesome, it was much too quiet in the house and we agreed it might be well to think about getting another pet.  We support a rescue group in Cincinnati, Recycled Doggies, which takes dogs from rural shelters with a high kill rate, places them in foster homes and makes sure they are healthy and ready to go into a new home before they are offered for adoption.  Through Facebook, I watch the dogs come and go and when I saw a beagle/dachsund mix, female, 1-2 years old, arrive in town, I kept an eye on her and saw that she would be up for adoption at a big Furry Valentine event in our area this past weekend.  We were there when they opened the doors and I knew immediately, she was the dog for me.

She’s very shy and doesn’t seem to know any commands or even how to walk on a leash, but she’s eager to please and I know my daughter and I are going to enjoy having her share our home and our life.

We named her Addie (thinking of the little girl in House Without a Christmas Tree and also in the movie, Paper Moon).   She enjoyed meeting the grandchildren on Sunday.

Although she doesn’t bark, it’s not nearly as quiet in the house now.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

21 thoughts on “Introducing Addie”

  1. She is soooo sweet and I am thrilled for you all! Some of the very best love comes from a shelter dog who as been given the gift of a second chance! Here is to many years of great adventures with sweet Addie!!! xoxo

  2. She’s gorgeous and so lucky to come to such a lovely home. I’ve been thinking of you and how sad it was about Rusty so I am so pleased you’ve been able to help another dog who shall in turn bring you so much joy. Abigail x

  3. She definitely has a dachshund face. She reminds me very much of a long-haired dachshund we had when I was growing up, except Addie’s legs are longer – and her hair is shorter. =) She looks like a little love.

  4. Well hello Addie, glad to meet you. I see that you have been adopted into a very loving home, your a lucky dog. A little over a year ago I was in a shelter and when Betty Lou and her hubby came to look at me I knew I wanted to go home with them. I wagged my tail and made my cute doggie face and melted their hearts. Hope you are adjusting to your new home with Lillian and her daughter, they are very nice people and I’m sure you’ll get lots of love’ and maybe a dog treat once in a while. Woof Woof ——– Rusty the Dashchund

  5. Lillian, she is precious!!!!! And, I love that photo of you and Nancy with her… ahhhh. 🙂 I hope she brings you plenty of happiness. Oh, and that white sock she has on her right front paw is gorgeous! Take care! 😀

  6. What a sweetie! I’m sure she will brighten up things in your house. BTW, I’m baking your orange cake today. A long time friend who is a new quilter is coming over today to quilt. I’m excited to have a good friend take up the craft.

    1. I hope the cake turns out well for you. I can imagine how much fun it would be to have a friend share your interest in quilting. Lillian

  7. We can never ‘replace’ a particular pet, but it isn’t good to be without an animal companion. I’m happy for you and your daughter, and glad that a little throw-away dog will now have a wonderful home.
    By the way–I like your jacket!

    1. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

      The jacket is one of my very early quilted efforts, much of it from old pieces of clothing. It’s a nice warm jacket. Lillian

  8. Your blog about Addie caused me goosebumps! My son supports a Weim rescue group; I’ve had two wonderful ‘grand-pups’ from a wonderful foster home. I’m looking at adding a sister for my Lhasa, Molly, from another rescue group. Thanks for the recipes and memories —-

    1. My dogs have always come from shelters or rescue groups and they have all been wonderful dogs. Little Addie is working out so well for us. She’s the most well behaved dog I’ve ever seen. I feel sorry for the family who had to give her up.

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to comment. Lillian

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